posted on Sep, 11 2003 @ 02:53 AM
I answered the same way as you boosai.
I didn't write an explanation, but my response to the bystander's moral dilemma was different to the train driver's one for a less moral reason,
i.e. that I would not do it as a bystander but I would do it as a contracted employee of the train service.
That decision (to switch tracks as the driver) would probably actually cost the rail company more in the long run after investigations, but I would
feel better off and need less counselling after causing or witnessing one fatality under my wheels rather than five.
In the case of not throwing one guy across the tracks to save five, my reasoning was more that I would be jailled for murder or manslaughter, without
doubt. I would not have even considered throwing myself instead. Hats off to you for that, I hope you are around if I'm ever on the tracks with a
train hurtling at me.